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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:11 Source

By John Haly The War on Drugs, like the ones on terror, waste, poverty, and crime, are metaphors for institutional failures to address fundamental problems in our society. Aside from the fact that it is never clear when any of these “wars” will be over, it is also the rhetoric of a political failure to…

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xkcd.com Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:00 Source

Our experts have characterized the ecological impact of this trend as "adorable."

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:50 Source

By Leith van Onselen After downgrading Australia’s growth outlook last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has turned its sights to Australia’s huge pile of debt and the nation’s vulnerability to “risk premium shocks”. From The Australian: Debts have risen faster over the past decade in Australia than in most other G20 nations, leading the

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Inside Story Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:39 Source

Last week Radio National’s Background Briefing aired the extraordinary allegation that the seventy-seven alleged Chinese criminals deported from Fiji in August were mainly teenage girls brought to the Pacific as sex workers. All the evidence suggests that the arrests were designed to reassure a domestic Chinese audience rather than serve the interests of justice.

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Renew Economy Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:27 Source

Given the safety risks and a huge number of other problems that need to be repaired and managed, it is no wonder that AGL is keen to shut down Liddell.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen Domainfax’s Peter Martin and Michael Koziol have penned a misleading article claiming, entitled “An inconvenient truth: you’re paying less for your mortgage now than a decade ago”, that tries to argue that housing affordability for those wishing to own their home (as opposed to renting) has improved, according to the ABS’

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Renew Economy Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:14 Source

Formation of new government in Berlin will have important implications for future of the Energiewende, but much has been achieved already.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:11 Source

It’s not much a Spring for mortgages, nor listings: The Sydney mortgage belt continues to lead auction clearances lower: Not much of a Chinese bid in Ryde, either. Sydney going nowhere on these numbers. Full report.  

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Renew Economy Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:11 Source

Paris to limit the number of cars powered by internal combustion engines on its streets and eventually move beyond polluting cars.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 16, 2017 - 09:49 Source

Interesting stuff as the Real Estate Treasurer continues his bubble-defence world tour: When Treasurer Scott Morrison met Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein in New York late last week, the Wall Street banker was baffled. Blankfein was searching for answers. Why, at a time when most economies were generally performing reasonably, had politics become so

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, October 16, 2017 - 09:18 Source

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories in the news over the week ending 15 October 2017 bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism. In this week’s Tw3 The Urbanist comments on: ‘It was always going to happen’: Sydney’s disappearing freestanding homes Old and in the way: Built in 1882, wreckers to level ‘beautiful’ building […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 16, 2017 - 09:15 Source

From Bill Evans, following up last week’s Consumer Sentiment Index: This week we saw a strong lift in the Consumer Sentiment Index. The Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment rose 3.6% to 101.4 in October from 97.9 in September. It is the first time since November last year that optimists have outnumbered pessimists and

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 16, 2017 - 09:00 Source

By Chris Becker  Until Friday night there were next to no economic catalysts in the form of news or releases to get worried about, so risk markets were in “steady as she goes” mode, for the most part. The USD was broadly weaker before pre-empting Friday night’s September CPI print in the US and then snapped

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Your Democracy Monday, October 16, 2017 - 08:39 Source

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Before Madame Bovary and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, there were the Memoirs of a Lady of Quality. These “memoirs” by Frances, the Viscountess, Vane, published in 1751, were somewhat hidden inside one of Tobias Smollett’s novels The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle... In her “memoirs” the Viscountess thoroughly mocked contemporary social and moral conventions. 

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Inside Story Monday, October 16, 2017 - 08:21 Source

For once Donald Trump appears to have been as good as his word, acting to bring into question the continued US commitment to the Iran nuclear deal.

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